Maple Pumpkin Spice S’mores Cookies

Maple Pumpkin Spice S’mores Cookies

Maple Pumpkin Spice Smores Cookies Stock Food Photo

© Nicole Branan

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Image Description: Preparation of s'mores sandwich cookies with a toasted meringue filling and chocolate drizzle in a rustic fall setting.   

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Recipe Notes: These s'mores sandwiches consist of simple sugar cookies that I flavored with a little bit of maple extract and filled with an espresso-flavored meringue. The chocolate drizzle is a chocolate ganache that I flavored with pumpkin pie spice. (But if you're not into pumpkin spice, you can just leave it out).  

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Maple Pumpkin Spice S’mores Cookies Recipe

(by Nicole Branan)

This recipe will make 12 sandwich cookies.

Ingredients: 

For the cookies:

  • 0.75 cup all-purpose flour
  • 0.25 cup ground graham crackers, plus a tiny bit more for sprinkling (you can put the crackers in a ziplock bag and smash them with a rolling pin or just grind them in your food processor)
  • pinch of salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 0.25 teaspoon maple extract

For the pumpkin spice chocolate drizzle:

  • 1.5 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1 ounce milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 0.25 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 0.25 cup heavy cream

For the meringue filling:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 0.5 cup sugar
  • 0.75 teaspoon instant espresso powder

 

Directions:

For the cookies:

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Whisk flour, ground graham crackers and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat butter and sugars together until creamy.
  • Add the dry ingredient mix and continue to beat until combined.
  • Beat in the maple extract.
  • Form the batter into balls (about 2 teaspoons each in volume) and set them on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden brown on the edges. Let cool.

For the pumpkin spice chocolate drizzle:

  • Add chocolate and pumpkin pie spice into a heatproof bowl.
  • Bring cream to a boil in a saucepan or in the microwave and pour over the chocolate/spice mix. Let it sit for a minute.
  • Stir until you have a homogeneous mixture. If you can’t get all the chocolate dissolved, set the bowl of a pot of simmering water and gently heat the chocolate until it is dissolved completely.
  • Drizzle half of the cookies with the chocolate mix, then sprinkle a bit of the ground graham crackers on and let cool. 

For the meringue filling:

  • Place egg whites and sugar into a bowl and set over a pot of simmering water.
  • Whisk the mix until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. (You can test by rubbing the mix between your fingers – the sugar is dissolved when you can’t feel the granules any longer). 
  • Take the mix off the heat and whisk in the espresso powder.
  • Beat with an electric mixer to firm peaks. (It will be gooey, not fluffy).
  • Pipe the espresso meringue onto half of the cookies. Lightly toast the meringue with a torch or under the broiler.
  • Top with a chocolate-coated cookie and serve right away, these cookies cannot be stored.

 

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